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KidKraft Outdoor table and Chair Set
Outdoor table and Chair Set
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Most Stylish
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A picnic table and benches that are the perfect size for young children, and will blend easily into current patio furniture.


Comes in neutrally-stained wood. Has weather-resistant coating. Comes with a striped umbrella and matching bench cushions for added comfort. Cushions tie in place on the bench. Comes partially assembled and measures 42” x 22.8” x 18.9”.


Wood tends to crack and splinter over time.

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Little Tikes Easy Store Jr. Play Table
Little Tikes
Easy Store Jr. Play Table
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Customer Favorite
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This small picnic table will fit in a variety of spaces and can be folded up for simple storage.


Measures 27" D x 27.2" W x 18.25" H. Comes in a multi-colored design. Has a hole for attaching an umbrella. Bench seating sits up to 4 children. Can be used for activities such as eating or crafts. Snaps together for easy assembly.


Can be a bit wobbly.

Step2 Naturally Playful Picnic Table
Naturally Playful Picnic Table
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Fun Design
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The wide tabletop and spacious seating area allow for up to 6 children to eat, play games, or do crafts.


Material is a molded plastic for simple clean-up and fade-resistant. Benches have a contoured shape that gives more elbow room. Comes with an umbrella for sun and heat protection. Can be used indoors or outdoors. Size is 72.00" H x 43.00" W x 40.75" D.


The assembly process is difficult, according to a few customers.

Arlmont & Co. Kaan Kids Rectangular Outdoor Table and Chair Set and Bench
Arlmont & Co.
Kaan Kids Rectangular Outdoor Table and Chair Set and Bench
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Simple Yet Solid
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This basic table with attached benches makes for a suitable option that will work indoors or outdoors.


The dimensions of the table are 20'' H x 35'' L x 13.5'' W", plenty of room for a few children to sit together. Made with a solid wood that has been treated with a weather-proof finish. Sturdy design and assembly isn’t difficult.


The space between the table and bench is hard to get into for older children.

Little Tykes Kids Square Outdoor Table and Chair Set and Bench
Little Tykes
Kids Square Outdoor Table and Chair Set and Bench
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Spacious Size
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The circular bench seating provides plenty of room for kids to sit and eat while being shaded by the included umbrella.


Measures 20.5'' H x 47.5'' L x 47.5'' D. A square tabletop and comes with 4 benches that are attached together around the table. Can fit up to 8 children. Folds up for added convenience, and is easy to wipe clean. Umbrella offers wide shade.


In order to fold it for storage, you have to remove a few pieces of hardware. Some of the reviews mentioned that the screws rusted over time.


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Buying guide for best kids' picnic tables

It's great for kids to spend plenty of time outdoors, but certain activities can be trickier without the right gear. Kids' picnic tables make al fresco eating a breeze for your little ones. They're ideal for times when your child has friends over, for siblings eating together, or for family gatherings, especially in the summertime. It's much easier to get kids to sit nicely and eat outside at a kids' picnic table compared to a blanket on the ground.

It's important to pick a kids' picnic table that's the right size for your children, preferably with a little room to grow into it.

Decide what material you prefer, too — do you want a classic wooden picnic table, easy-clean plastic, or something else? Consider whether you want integrated or separate seating, whether you need a foldable table, and what color or finish appeals to the kids.

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Children are more likely to sit still, eat more, and engage in quiet activities on a child-sized picnic table compared to adult furniture or on the ground.

Key considerations

Integrated vs. separate bench

Some kids' picnic tables are all one piece with built-in benches on either side (or occasionally all the way around the table). Other models have separate benches that aren't attached to the table. Integrated picnic tables tend to have a lower price tag, plus there's no chance the benches become lost or misplaced. On the other hand, some children find it easier to get up and down from a picnic table with a separate bench. They're often stronger than integrated benches, which is handy if you want to sit down with your child.


Children's picnic tables are kid-sized, so they're much smaller than standard picnic tables. That said, they're not of a universal size or height. Some models are extremely small and are designed with the needs of toddlers and preschoolers in mind. Others are larger and better suited to children between five and 10. Choose a picnic table according to the age and size of your children, bearing in mind that they grow quickly. You don't want a table that's way too large for your kid now, but you don't want your child to grow out of their picnic table within six months, so you need to find a happy medium.


Although you can find a small number of other options, the bulk of kids' picnic tables are made from wood, plastic, or a combination of plastic and metal. Wooden kids' picnic tables look great and can be extremely sturdy if you choose a quality option. They do tend to be more expensive than other materials and might not weather well unless treated. Plastic models are lightweight and easy to clean, but they appear cheaper than wooden picnic tables, and some people prefer to avoid plastic due to the environmental impact. Kids' picnic tables with a plastic tabletop and seats with a metal frame are often foldable and are strong and sturdy. You need to make sure the metal is coated; otherwise, you could have issues with rust.



The majority of kids' picnic tables are square or rectangular. Rectangular tables have more room down the long sides, while square tables have seating on all four sides to increase capacity. Although less common, you can also find a handful of round and oval tables.


You can find kids' picnic tables in a wide range of hues, from bright rainbow colors to more muted shades. It's likely that children will prefer the brightly colored options, especially young kids, although parents might prefer something more in keeping with the decor in their yard.


Some kids' picnic tables are foldable. This makes it easier to store your table when your little ones aren't using it. Not only is it great for winter storage, it's also a huge advantage if you don't have much outdoor space.


It's important that kids don't spend too much time outdoors without any kind of protection from the sun, which is why you may prefer to choose a kids' picnic table that includes an umbrella or a hole for an umbrella, if you choose to buy one separately.

Kids’ picnic table prices

On the lower end of the price spectrum, kids' picnic tables prices are between $30 and $50. These are generally small plastic models designed for preschoolers. Mid-priced options tend to retail between $50 and $80, including larger plastic tables and some wooden models. High-end kids' picnic tables cost $80 to $150. At this price point, you'll find extra large plastic tables along with high quality wooden models.

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The vast majority of kids' picnic tables arrive flat packed, so some assembly is required.


  • Find out whether your kids' picnic table is suitable for all-weather use. Some may crack or warp if left out in cold, wet weather, so think about where you'll store them during the winter.

  • Consider the durability of your kids' picnic table. Not all are equally durable — the sturdiest might cost more, but they last far longer.

  • Work out the capacity of any picnic tables you're considering. How many children does it fit? Of course, the exact capacity of the table depends on the size of the children who sit at it, but you might choose to look at the measurements and estimate.

  • Choose a kids' picnic table that's easy to clean. Some surfaces are easier to clean than others. Plastic is the easiest to wipe down, followed by painted or treated wood, with unfinished wood coming in last.


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You can place a kids' picnic table on any kind of terrain, but you need to find an area of level ground to keep it stable.


Q. Do kids really need their own picnic tables?
They certainly can benefit from them. Small children don't fit well on adult-size furniture, so it's hard to sit down and eat lunch or partake in some messy play. A kids' picnic table is made in just the right proportions to suit little bodies, so kids are more likely to sit still and engage in whatever they're supposed to be doing.

Q. Are kids' picnic tables difficult to assemble?
Some kids' picnic tables are more difficult to assemble than others, but you still only need an hour or two and some basic tools to assemble the trickiest of the bunch. A handful of models are so easy to assemble they don't require any tools at all.

Q. Can I take a kids' picnic table on a camping trip?
Kids' picnic tables can be useful on camping trips to encourage kids to sit still and eat at mealtimes, rather than running around. Some tables fold quickly and easily — these are the best ones to take on camping trips.

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